“I’ve been dating this boy for 4 months. He wants to have sex, but I don’t think I’m ready. What should I do?” – 15-year-old
ADOLESCENCE is a time when your body is changing, you are becoming more independent and you might be increasingly curious about sex.
SEXUAL HEALTH encompasses sexual development and reproductive health, as well as such characteristics as the ability to develop and maintain meaningful relationships; appreciate one’s own body; interact with both genders in respectful and appropriate ways; and express affection, love and intimacy in ways consistent with one’s own values. The majority of teenagers will become involved with sex during their adolescent years. The first thing one needs to do is to become informed about what sex is and what the options are. Once you have been informed of the potential risks involved with different types of sexual activities, it’s up to you to determine what your limits are; what you are willing or not willing to do.
It is important to appreciate your own body by:
It is important to take responsibility for your own behaviors by:
It is important to have the skills to determine your readiness for a sexual relationship by:
STI’s/Sexually transmitted infections (also called sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)) are not shameful and they are not a punishment – they are simply diseases that, if not treated, can seriously damage your health.
SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES (STDS)
Anyone who is sexually active can get sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), also called venereal diseases or sexually transmitted infections. The main way to get an STD is through sexual intercourse or any other sexual contact with someone who already has it.
Included in these diseases are:
WARNING:If not treated, STDs can result in serious damage, including heart disease, blindness, deafness, non- healing skin sores, paralysis, sterility (inability to have children), damage to unborn baby, even death. IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE AN STD, GET TESTED NOW! Tests are confidential and you don’t need parental permission.
YOU CAN PROTECT YOURSELF:
Provides education, individualized assessment, case management, medical, pharmacological, legal, mental health, dental, residential, and work services along with support groups and a food pantry program.
611 S Kingsley Dr,
Los Angeles, CA 90005
M 7am–9pm & Tu-Th 7am-10pm & F 7am–8pm
CAL-LEARN and Adolescent Family Life Programs: 800-337-8665. Hearing Impaired: 800-735-2922. General medical services for teens in LA county. MediCal accepted. Free services available to low income patients. Bilingual.
2040 Camfield Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90040
M-Th 10am-6pm & F 8am-5pm
Free HIV testing. Walk in. Health education programs. After-school activities. Thai, Cambodian, Japanese, Tagalog, and Vietnamese spoken.
1530 Hillhurst Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90027
M,W,F 7:30am-5pm & Tu,Th 7:30am-7pm & Sat 7:30am-4pm
Groups on weekends and evenings. Community center for Latino youth. FREE support groups, one-on-one counseling, weekly gatherings and social events, 10 minute rapid HIV testing.
Hollywood Center 323-660-9680
Van Nuys Center 818-908-3820
Long Beach 562-438-5200
Pomona Center 909-397-7660
5326 E Beverly Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90022
Serves women ages 13 and over, crisis intervention for sexual assault and domestic violence victims. HIV/AIDS services. Community outreach and prevention programs. No Fees. Peer counseling. Support group on domestic violence – Tuesday mornings only.
1255 S Atlantic Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90022
Mental health counseling, job training resources, legal assistance, medical and dental assistance, pregnancy/birth control/family planning services, and sexuality/sexually transmitted diseases for teens.
Other office: 1555 S Garey Ave #680, Pomona, (909)-620-8088
420 South Glendora Avenue,
West Covina, CA 91790
M-Th 8am - 7pm & F 8am - 5pm & Sat 8am-2pm
All numbers are 24 hour recording. Orange County: 949-753-2580. Additional: www.ashastd.org/hrc or 919-361-8488. Hotline services, advocacy work and a network of support groups. The HRC focuses on increasing education, public awareness and support to anyone concerned about herpes.
Santa Monica, CA 90406
Free primary medical care for acute and chronic conditions for youth 12 to 24. Free STD/HIV testing and treatment; contraception/gynecology; and health screening.
5000 Sunset Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Information campaign that supports young people in making responsible decisions about their sexual health. The campaign focuses on reducing unintended pregnancy, preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV/AIDS, and open communication with partners and healthcare providers.
Provide peer education and training to multicultural youth to talk directly, accurately and honestly with teenagers about HIV/AIDS prevention. Call for events in the community.
6399 Wilshire Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Free HIV testing, counseling, and treatment for ages 12-24
M-F 8:30am-12:00pm, 1pm-4pm
HIV/AIDS services; provides primary care physicians, urgent care, teen clinic, consultations, teen pregnancy help; Wednesday 1pm-4pm prescriptions filled.
7140 Indiana Ave,
Riverside, CA 92504
For appts: 310-802-6170
Appt. Hours: M,W,F 8am-4:30pm T/Th 9am-5:30pm
General clinic. All services FREE or by donation. Birth control, pregnancy testing, prenatal, & pediatric care. Confidential HIV & STD testing & counseling. Serves Gardena, Redondo Beach, Carson, & Inglewood
23430 Hawthorne Blvd,
Torrance, CA 90505
M-Th 8am-7pm & F 8am-4:30pm
Info & referrals for clinics nationwide & about safe sex and STI treatment. Also free publications on HIV, STD’s ,etc.
Also English: 800-342-2437 & 800-344-7432
Center for Disese Control & TTY Hotline: 800-243-7889
M-F 8am-8pm E.T
Serves youth aged 12-24. Provides medical care, STD/HIV testing and treatment, birth control, pregnancy testing, emergency contraception, transgender services, immunizations, urgent care, physical exams, and care for chronic conditions. Bilingual.
4650 Sunset Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Free HIV/STI testing and treatment by appointment.
Youth drop-in center M-F 3pm – 7pm.
Young adult support groups W 8pm-9pm. Coming out Support Group on Fri 7pm-9pm.
Counseling, health education, free HIV/STD testing by appointment.
Youth mentorship M-F 3pm-7pm
2017 E 4th St,
Long Beach, CA 90814
M-F 10am-9pm & Sat 10pm-4pm
Venice Family Clinic’s Common Ground program offers a full range of services to prevent the spread of HIV and for people living with HIV. We embrace a harm reduction model, which means we provide services to help you meet your health goals in a non-judgmental environment. Our goal is to help our community’s most vulnerable residents live longer, healthier lives.
622 Rose Ave,
Venice, CA 90291
Mon-Thur 9am-8pm & Fri 9am – 5pm